Quando ero bambina mi resi conto che da grande avrei voluto fare l’archeologa. Non so il reale perché, probabilmente per la curiosità che avevo nei confronti dell’umanità in tutte le sue forme, non certo perché ero un fan di Indiana Jones … A dire la verità non l’ho mai visto, e continuerò a non vederlo, dato che l’archeologo è tutto fuorché Indiana Jones. Questa vocazione che ho sempre avuto, non so da dove venga, so solo che mi ha portata fin qui, ad essere un’archeologa.
Da quel momento in poi tutte le scelte che ho fatto sono state in funzione di questa carriera che mi volevo costruire. A 14 anni mi sono iscritta all’Istituto d’Arte, pensando che mi avrebbe aiutato in futuro durante il mio percorso accademico. Così non è stato, sarebbe stato meglio un Liceo Classico, ma adesso poco importa. In seguito ho cercato le Università con corso di Laurea in Beni culturali, e la mia scelta è ricaduta sull’Università di Bologna, sede di Ravenna. Non solo perché il corso non era sotto lettere, ma anche perché l’Università di Bologna è considerata da diverse fonti la più antica del mondo, nonché la migliore in Italia, e all’epoca avevo un po’ di fisse a tal proposito…
Così nel lontano 2008 arrivai a Ravenna dove nel corso del primo anno iniziai ad ambientarmi, fino ad arrivare al mio primo scavo, nell’aprile 2009, presso la Pieve di Santa Reparata, e lì ho capito che era davvero quella la mia strada.
Durante il mio percorso universitario ho capito un’altra vocazione, quella verso l’antropologia fisica, la quale è stata il filo conduttore della mia carriera universitaria. Ho scritto entrambe le tesi in questa materia, ho svolto il servizio civile presso il Lab. di Antropologia Fisica del campus e ho scritto diversi articoli scientifici in questo settore disciplinare. Mi sarebbe tanto piaciuto continuare la mia carriera universitaria, ma nonostante abbia provato diversi concorsi di dottorato, il destino aveva in serbo altro per me. Così dopo diverse batoste nel mondo accademico è arrivata la prima chiamata da parte di una ditta archeologica e da quel momento in poi sono diventata un’archeologa freelance.
Come back at work after two months of unemploymentFinally after two months of unemployment I went back to work to excavate a roman villa in one of the places I like most … the Appennino Tosco-Emiliano.
December 2019, come back to RiminiDuring a break from my whatching brief in Faenza I went back to digging in Rimini in different sites and I had the opportunity to dig other tombs! I dug in Rimini until the end of February when the pandemic began.
November 2019, towards Cilento to study bones!I went to Cilento to study bones found in the Convent of Cuccaro Vetere (SA) to publish them in a monograph.
July and August 2019, I come back to Toano for two weeksAt the end of August I went back to dig for two weeks at the parish of Toano, this year the most ancient medieval phases were excavated.
July 2019, my first whatching brief for the construction of a gas pipelineIn mid of July I started my first whatching brief for the construction of a gas pipeline, it was a very formative experience that gave me the opportunity to work in full autonomy. At the moment I continue to do sporadically whatching brief for the same company.
July 2019, Summer campus of anthropology and osteology of LABANOFIn July, two of my friends and I participated in the summer campus of anthropology and osteology organized by Labanof. Thanks to this I was able to meet two great professors of physical anthropology Professor Cristiana Cattaneo and Professor Robert Mann.
June 2019, come back to work after schoolAfter two months of lessons, I returned to work in the middle of the flat land, in a small private building site that had lasted a few weeks, but where I worked again with a dear friend of mine from the Lodi pipeline!
April and May 2019, school of specialization lessonsI have worked at Rimini until April when the lessons of the school are started. They were two intense months, with more or less useful lessons, but we had a lot of fun with my classmates. We are university students again!
December 2018, new job in Rimini ! Finally near home!In December 2018, I have started a new job in a commercial site in Rimini, where we found a roman necropolis!
December 2018, I am in at the school of specialization in archaeological heritage of Aquileia!The 6th and the 7th of December 2018, me and some collegues of Lodi went to Trieste for do the entry test for the school of specialization in archaeological heritage! And we entered all three!
August 2018, the excavation of Santa Maria of ToanoIn August 2018, I have dug in the site of Santa Maria of Toano, where I had the opportunity to manage the excavation of the cemetery area.
April 2018, my second pipeline in Lombardy!In April 2018, I have started my second pipeline in Lombardy, near Pavia and around Lodi.
September 2017, commercial site in Reggio EmiliaIn September 2017, I worked for two months in a commercial site in Reggio Emilia (Italy), where we found a Roman villa.
July 2017, My second article is published on the Journal of Human Evolution!My second scientific article was accepted and published on the Journal of Human Evolution! In this study I was involved in the taxonomic classification of some dental finds from two archaeological sites located in western Georgia.
April 2017, my first pipiline!In April 2017, I worked on a pipeline for archaeological assistance at Poviglio, Soliera and Argelato, until August! It was an amazing experience which led me to understand a lot of archaeological contexts, from protohistoric to the Roman period.
September 2016, ESHE meeting in MadridIn September 2016, I was going in Madrid for a Pecha Kucha presentation to the 6th Annual ESHE Meeting entitled “Dental morphlogy and morphometric analyses of Upper Paleolithic human remains from Dzudzuana and Satsurblia caves, western Georgia”.
June 2016, Archaeological excavation of Ulluzzo C CaveIn June 2016, I dug in Uluzzo C Cave, in Nardò (Lecce, Italy), an amazing archaeological site place on the cliff.
January 2016, My first article is online on the Journal of Human Evolution!My Master thesis was turned into a scientific article and published on the Journal of Human Evolution after a year of my graduation! In this contribution, I investigate the tooth from Torrener Bärenhöhle’s cave. The tooth was microCT scanned to digitally study its external and internal morphology, and sampled for AMS radiocarbon dating to establish its taxonomy and chronology.
October 2015, Internship at Department of Human EvolutionIn October 2015, I was going in Leipzig, at the Department of Human Evolution, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, for a period of research thanks to a scholarship that I won. The Institute’s motto is “Insight must be precede application”.
March 2015, Master Degree!In March 2015, I graduated in Laboratory of Archaeological Anthropology with a thesis entitled: “Morphological and morphometric analysis of Torrener Bärenhöhle’s Paleolithic human tooth (Salzburg)”.
June 2014, Internship at Anthropological LaboratoryInternship at Anthropological Laboratory of the Department of Cultural Heritage – University of Bologna (Italy), where I learned the basic skills for the study of the human skeletal remains, like cleaning and restoration of the finds, sex determination, determination of the age at the death, metric measures of human remain, recognition of skeletal pathology.
February 2014, Oman here I come!In February 2014, I fly in Oman for a commercial excavation for the construction of an highway. In Sinaw there were a lot of monumetal tombs! I stay there for three months.
September 2013, Illasi CastleIn September 2013, I have dug in Illasi Castle (Verona, Italy).
September 2012, My first survey!In September 2012, I attended for six weeks my first survey in Bagnacavallo (Ravenna, Italy).
August 2012, The excavation on the Pietra di BismantovaIn August 2012, I dug only for two weeks up there! The Pietra di Bismantova is in Castelnovo nè Monti (Reggio Emilia, Italy). It was incredible! After this excavation I will subscribe to the Master Degree in Research, documentation and preservation of the archaeological heritage at the University of Bologna.
June 2012, The excavation of Monte Lucio CastleIn June and July 2012, I dug in Monte Lucio Castle in Quattro Castella (Reggio Emilia, Italy), an amazing site with a church entitled to San Leonard, where a lot of infants were buried and men, only one woman was found.
March 2012, Bachelor Degree!In March 2012, Baby Cri graduated in Medieval Archaeology with a thesis entitled: “The burials of the parish of Santa Reparata”.
August 2011, Castle of Rontana 2.0In August 2011, I’m come back in the Caste of Rontana, but to dug in another sector of the Castle. In the picture I was doing hand relief of a furnace for baking bread.
June 2011, The monastry of San Severo 2.0In June 2011, I’m come back in the monastry of San Severo for other graves!
June 2010, The monastery of San SeveroIn June and July 2010 I have dug in the monastery of San Severo, in Classe (Ravenna, Italy). There I dug a lot of burials!!!
October 2009, The excavation of Basilica PetrianaIn October 2009 I dug at the Basilica Petriana, in Classe (Ravenna, Italy) and I found my first mosaic!
August 2009, my first burialIn August 2009, I dug my first burial in the Castle of Rontana in Brisighella (Faenza, Italy), when I fell in love with physical anthropology.
April 2009, My First archaeological excavation as freshmanIn 2008, I enrolled in the Bachelor degree course in Cultural Heritage at the University of Bologna. Already in April 2009 I dug at the Parish Church of Santa Reparata in Castrocaro Terme (Forlì-Cesena, Italy). It was my first archeological excavation that I will carry in my ❤ forever.